AN ACROBAT died after plunging over 30 metres while performing prior to Green Day’s headlining set at the Mad Cool Festival in Madrid last Friday.
The acrobat, Pedro Aunion Monroy, was performing an aerial stunt from inside a box that was suspended from a crane at the time of the accident.
Although it appeared that Monroy was wearing a harness, he plunged to the ground in front of thousands of stunned festival-goers.
Paramedics rushed to the scene, but 42-year-old Monroy died soon after from injuries sustained in the fall.
After only a slight delay, Green Day’s set continued as scheduled.
According to the band, they weren’t notified of Monroy’s death until after their performance.
‘We just got off stage at Mad Cool Festival to disturbing news. A very brave artist named Pedro lost his life tonight in a tragic accident,’ Green Day tweeted. ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.’
Both Mad Cool and Green Day were accused of insensitivity for resuming the festival so soon after the acrobat’s fall.
In a statement, Mad Cool organisers defended their decision to continue on despite the crowd witnessing a deadly accident.
‘Mad Cool Festival regrets the terrible accident that the aerial dancer suffered during the second day of the festival. For security reasons, the festival decided to continue with its programming,’ organisers wrote.
‘We send our most sincere condolences to all his family. Tomorrow Saturday 8, during the festival, we will render a heartfelt tribute to the artist.’